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Teacher's life-saving gift spotlights need for organ donors

AYER -- When Kaitlin O'Connell offered to donate one of her kidneys to a local man with late-stage polycystic kidney disease who is in urgent need of a transplant, she had never met Richard Finlay, his wife Karen or their three children. Full Story
AYER NEWS
Habitat funding, Planning Board terms on STM warrant

By Jon Bishop jbishop@nashobapub.com AYER -- The Board of Selectmen met briefly Monday night to address three things: motion protocol at Town Meeting, a Fire Department Reserve Fund transfer of $12,195, and an alcohol license for New England Flat Bread Company. Full Story
PEPPERELL NEWS
Highway director is

hoping for mild winter Salt costs, budget constraints squeezing department
PEPPERELL -- Peter Shattuck is hoping for a mild winter. It will take two trucks to do the job the wing plow did last winter. Full Story
GROTON NEWS
Prescott sale falls short of two-thirds vote

GROTON -- For the second time since the spring, residents at town meeting again voted against support of a plan by the town's administration to sell the former Prescott Elementary School building to a private developer. Full Story
SHIRLEY NEWS
Mixed-use

zoning hearing draws a crowd
SHIRLEY -- A Planning Board hearing drew quite a crowd, filling the Town Offices main meeting room. The subject of the Oct. Full Story
TOWNSEND NEWS
Rec. looking for a home

TOWNSEND -- The Recreation Department is looking for a place to call home, or at least a place to store supplies. Full Story
SPORTS
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Heartbreak strikes again for Groton-Dunstable

FINAL: Algonquin 27, Groton-Dunstable 24
NORTHBORO - Groton-Dunstable tied its game against Algonquin 24-24 with 44 seconds remaining on an 18-yard field goal from Eric Yanchenko. Full Story
HARVARD NEWS
Chef Paul's soup

By Jon Bishop jbishop@nashobapub.com HARVARD -- Soup should be thick, meaty, filled with ingredients: the watery stuff you see in some stores is a cheap knock-off of the real thing. Full Story
LIFESTYLES
Tordella, EMIT pushing for prison reform

Sen. James Eldridge pushing for expanse of restorative justice program
AYER -- Susan Tordella has spent a good amount of time volunteering in prison. But when she read Michelle Alexander's book about mass incarceration, she said, she became an activist. Full Story
Heads or tails? Coin toss decides Peru election

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A coin toss has decided the mayoral race in small town high in the Peruvian Andes after two candidates tied at the ballot box. Full Story
NY court backs EMI over Duke Ellington royalties

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's highest court has refused to reinstate the lawsuit by Duke Ellington's heirs against music publisher EMI. Full Story
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Magic Johnson ready to assist Silicon Valley in diversity

Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.